Informers get £38,000 from Revenue

Primarolo told North Wiltshire Tory MP James Gray that payments totalling £15,000, £18,000 and £5,000 for each year up to March 2001 were so small they did not have to come out of a separate vote.

Primarolo’s comments come soon after she admitted the Treasury had no idea of the degree of success or failure of anti-avoidance tax legislation introduced in recent years.

The paymaster general told Commons it was not ‘possible to assess with any degree of accuracy the amount of tax saved as a result of anti-avoidance measures’.

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